By Jennifer C. Cook
American literary realism burgeoned in the course of a interval of great technological innovation. as the realists evinced not just a fascination with this new expertise but in addition an ethos that turns out to align itself with technology, many have paired the 2 fields really unproblematically. yet this booklet demonstrates that many realist writers, from Mark Twain to Stephen Crane, Charles W. Chesnutt to Edith Wharton, felt loads of anxiousness concerning the creation of latest applied sciences – accurately on the the most important intersection of ethics and language. For those writers, the conversation revolution was once a troubling phenomenon, not just due to the ways that the hot machines had replaced and elevated the circulate of language yet, extra pointedly, as a result of the ways that language itself had successfully turn into a laptop: a car perpetuating a few of society’s so much pernicious clichés and stereotypes – fairly stereotypes of race – in unthinking generation. This paintings takes an in depth examine how the realists attempted to forge a moral place among the 2 poles of technological know-how and sentimentality, trying to create an alternate mode of speech that, heading off the seize of codifying generation, may perhaps permit moral motion.
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Machine and Metaphor: The Ethics of Language in American Realism (Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory) by Jennifer C. Cook